Image Scholarship FAQs

Q: When can I apply?

A: The scholarship application for the 2021-2022 school year is now closed. The 2022-2023 application period is expected to open in December 2021. To receive updates about future scholarship application deadlines, sign up here.

For new applicants, the online application usually takes 30 to 60 minutes to complete and requires a brief personal statement. The application also requires one letter of recommendation and your high school transcript. The Student Aid Report from the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) or other proof of financial need may be required for financial need-based scholarships.

Q: Do you need my official SAT/ACT report?

A: No; the Arlington Community Foundation is no longer requesting SAT or ACT scores.

Q: Do you have to be an Arlington public high school senior or resident to apply for a scholarship?

A: No. Some of our scholarships are for Arlington public high school seniors only and some are for Arlington residents only. Apply for a scholarship and the Foundation will match you to the ones for which you qualify.

Q: I need help filling out my FAFSA

A: For questions regarding the FAFSA, call the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243) or 1-319-337-5665. Please note that the Foundation requires the “Expected Family Contribution” amount from the FASFA. If your family’s taxes are not final when you submit your FAFSA, you will receive a preliminary “Expected Family Contribution” amount that can be submitted to the Foundation.

Q: What if I cannot fill out a FAFSA?

A: You may still submit an application and be considered for all of our non-financial need-based scholarships. In addition, there may be other scholarship programs to which you can apply; contact your school’s counselor for more information. Websites like FastWeb and FinAid are good search engines for scholarships of all types.

Q: When will I hear if I received a scholarship?

A: We anticipate notifying selected applicants of their scholarship match and amounts by the middle of April to allow time for this offer to be incorporated into college acceptance plans. There will be an evening reception for all recipients at the beginning of June. Checks are mailed directly to universities and colleges in July.